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Heart attack victim files lawsuit against OJ Simpson

A memorabilia dealer who blames his heart attacks on the stress of being robbed at gunpoint by OJ Simpson is suing the former American football star and five other men who were in the room during the heist, seeking unspecified civil damages.

Subterranean home of Las Vegas's losers

The neon sign not far from Steve Dommermuth's bedroom stands 25ft tall, and has become a world-famous symbol of capitalist excess. "Welcome," it declares, with an exuberant flourish, "to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada".

A Nuclear Family Vacation, By Nathan Hodge & Sharon Weinberger

Despite the perplexing title and cover (mum, dad and kid posing on a Fat Boy atom bomb), this book is exactly what it claims to be. A bright journalistic couple tour atomic weapons facilities in the US and beyond.

Investigators blame turbulence for Steve Fossett's crash

Sudden turbulence likely caused adventurer Steve Fossett to lose control of the small plane he was piloting and crash into a mountain in California in 2007, US safety investigators said yesterday.

Las Vegas performer Danny Gans dead at 52

Danny Gans, a singer, actor and impressionist who for nearly two decades was one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip, died suddenly in his sleep Friday. He was 52.

Race To Witch Mountain (PG)

The ex-wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a Las Vegas cabbie who picks up a couple of fares, only to discover that the boy and girl on the back seat are actually visitors from another planet. Cue a not very dazzling chase movie.

Nevada Bob's UK swings back into life with pre-pack deal

Nevada Bob's UK has been bought out of pre-pack administration by its US parent, in a deal that will save high street and head office jobs.

The Logic of Life, By Tim Harford

"There is nothing irrational about love," asserts the economist Tim Harford. He also, more provocatively, poses that the behaviour of smokers, gamblers, racists and revolutionaries might also comply to economic logic. Then why do we not usually class such activities as being rational? Much of today's conventional wisdom is shallow, retorts Harford. In lucid language, he peels away layers of confusing complexity to reveal what he believes is the misunderstood truth, economic at core.

DNA tests on remains confirm Fossett dead

Genetic tests on two bones found near the wreckage of Steve Fossett's airplane in the California mountains confirm the missing multimillionaire adventurer is dead, local authorities said last night.

Human remains are found in wreckage of Fossett's plane

In a remote mountain region of eastern California, rescue workers yesterday discovered body parts inside the wreckage of a light aircraft belonging to Steve Fossett, the record-breaking aviator who vanished just over a year ago.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/im-writing-this.html" target="_blank">Sleeping Around: On the road</a>

I'm writing this from the US, where I'm on a road trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Everyone here, at every bar along the way, is obsessed with the financial meltdown and proposed $700 million federal bailout - and I've been wondering what effect it will have on people's love lives.

Robert A. Maheu: Aide to Howard Hughes

Robert A. Maheu knew what power was. It was when you called the White House, and asked to see Lyndon Johnson. In fact, the President was trying to snatch a few days off at his Texas ranch, but still had a helicopter sent to ferry his unexpected guest from the nearest airport. He would give another example. "If you can pick up the telephone the night before the Academy Awards and say, 'By the way, I'm going to need another table for eight people tomorrow,' and they don't even burp – that's power."

Into thin air: Did Steve Fossett fake his own death?

Last September, America's great aviation daredevil took off on a routine solo flight, and was never seen again. Now, as allegations of an elaborate double life begin to emerge, investigators are questioning whether he really died &ndash; or even crashed &ndash; at all. In Nevada, Guy Adams pieces together the evidence

Nevada brothel entices visitors with free petrol

Rising fuel costs in the United States means that fewer clients are willing to make the long drive to the middle of the desert
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